Dining With Denise Neil

Hidden gem Wichita restaurant is closing, owners looking for new spot

Lou’s Charcuterie & Cocktails will close on Dec. 10, but owners are hoping to find a new spot.
Lou’s Charcuterie & Cocktails will close on Dec. 10, but owners are hoping to find a new spot.

Just two weeks after hidden gem restaurant The Hungry Heart closed its doors, its hidden-gem of a neighbor in the shadow of Intrust Bank Arena is preparing to do the same.

It turns out the spot is just too... hidden.

Lou’s Charcuteria & Cocktails, which Emerson Biggin’s operator “Big Lou” Lopez II and his daughter, Erica, opened in late 2014, will close at the end of business on Dec. 10, according to a Facebook post from Wednesday.

But the owners hope to relocate the restaurant to a smaller, less-hidden spot.

Lopez said he has his eye on a couple of spaces in the Old Town area, and he hopes to know which one he’ll get for Lou’s in the next couple of weeks.

“It’s a 99 percent chance that we will keep the business here in the downtown area,” he said. “The concept is a great idea. We had some great followers.”

The restaurant, which serves giant meat and cheese trays and a killer Venezuelan pork sandwich, operates in the former Walker’s Venue space, and it’s hard to find. It sits just to the northeast of Intrust Bank Arena, but there’s almost no reason anyone would just drive past it, and it’s not visible from the street. Parking is limited, too.

The restaurant’s hours until Dec. 10 will be 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. I’ll keep you updated on Lou’s relocation efforts.

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